From the Ozark County Times, 11 Jan 2008: Bill Hopkins A memorial service for Bill Hopkins, 75, of Gainesville was held Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Gainesville with Dan Aires officiating. Mr. Hopkins died Jan. 1, 2008, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Ark. He was born Jan. 16, 1932, in Fulgum, Ky., the son of Archie Clint and Veatrice Irene (Batts) Hopkins. He and Betty Sue Bolls were married Dec. 18, 1954, in St. Louis. Mr. Hopkins was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Marine Corps. He retired in 1987 from the Boeing Company, where he was a supervisor in the space program. He is survived by his wife, Betty Sue; one son, Terry Wayne Hopkins of Roswell, Ga.; one daughter, Deborah Kay Belew of Titusville, Fla.; and one sister, Evelyn Irene Latta of Clinton, Ky. He was preceded in death by his parents. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors. From the Ozark County Times, 11 Jan 2008: Funeral services for Rolan Waco Carter, 88, of Nixa and formerly of Ozark County were held Monday, Dec. 31 in the Rose Chapel of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home in West Plains. Burial was in Bakersfield Cemetery. Mr. Carter died Dec. 28, 2007, in Ozark. He was born April 13, 1919, in Udall, the son of Cecil P. and Laura B. (Halford) Carter. He and Delphia Hardin were married May 20, 1942, in Pottersville. After graduation from Bakersfield High School, he attended the Southwest Missouri Teachers College in Springfield and then taught in a one-room school house inUdall. With the outbreak of World War II, he joined the Army and achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer before being deployed to the European Front. Following their marriage, he took his bride to the base at Tampa, Fla., then she returned home when he was deployed. He participated in the Normandy Invasion, the Battle of the Bulge and the conquest of Hitler’s Germany. After being decorated for his service, he and his wife made their home in Bakersfield, where he owned and operated Carter’s Garage. He served as the president of the Bakersfield School Board and worked to improve the school’s education standards. Eventually, he was able to achieve his life-long goal of farming by purchasing a farm on the North Fork River near Dawt, where he raised alfalfa hay and beef cattle. Upon his retirement, he and his wife moved to Nixa. He was a faithful member of the Church of Christ in Nixa. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and being with his family. Mr. Carter is survived by his wife, Delphia; two children, Waco Carter, Jr., and his wife Monika of Melborne, Fla., and Kathy McFarland and her husband Jerry of Ozark. He has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister and her husband, Fern and Claude Winfree. Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, directors. From the Ozark County Times, 11 Jan 2008: Graveside services for Carol Ann Sweaney-Carpenter, 64, of Gainesville, were held Friday, Jan. 4 at Gainesville Cemetery, with Halbert Smith officiating. Carol died Jan. 1, 2008, at Baxter Regional Medical Center inMountain Home, Ark. She was born July 11, 1943, in Long Beach, Calif., the daughter of Phil and Lois Macewich of Taft, Calif. Carol lived in Taft during her childhood years and early adult life. She then ventured on to live in many new places with her family, including Alaska, Lake Isabella, Calif., and then Missouri, where she settled with husband Max Carpenter, previously of Taft. She loved camping, hiking, antiquing and was a beautician by trade. She also was interested in the Native American Culture. She is survived by one son, Roger Sweaney, and daughter-in-law, Melissa, of Bakersfield, Calif.; one daughter, Kiah Pues, and son-in-law, Steven, of Lake Isabella, Calif.; three sisters, Phyllis Nunes, Janet and husband, Rick Hawkins, of Taft, Calif.; and Mary Jo and husband, Larry Joyner, of Wofford Heights, Calif; five grandchildren: Brennon, Dylan and Devin Pues and Jordan and Parker Sweaney. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Randy Sweaney, of Taft, Calif., and her parents. From the Ozark County Times, 11 Jan 2008: Graveside services for Chris Sherwood, 44, of Squires, were held Friday at Osborne Memorial Cemetery in Joplin with Rev. Stan Collins officiating. Mr. Sherwood died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at Cox South Medical Center in Springfield. He was born Sept. 9, 1963, in Neosho, the son of Christopher Charles and Leatrice F. (Covington) Sherwood. He and April Lawson were married Nov. 17, 1995, in Miami, Okla. He was a graduate of Seneca High School and had worked as a truck driver for FedEx for the last eight years. He was a member of the House of Prayer in Thornfield and was an Army Reservist. Mr. Sherwood is survived by his wife, April; one brother, Robert C. Sherwood of Carbondale, Kan.; one sister, Delores Talley of Arlington, Texas; two aunts, Mabel Walker of Wyandotte, Okla., and Annette Gaylor of Texas; and two cousins, David R. Sherwood of Wyandotte, Okla, and Etta C. McMurtry of Goodman. Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin, directors. From the Ozark County Times, 18 Jan 2008: Funeral services for Leatha Juanita (Chapman) Jones, 86, were held Wednesday,Jan. 16, at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville with Doyle Turner officiating. Burial was in Lutie Cemetery in Theodosia. Mrs. Jones died Jan. 13, 2008, at Hospice House in Mountain Home, Ark. She was born June 17, 1921, in Protem, the daughter of Fate and Oma (Harper) Chapman. She and Alton Jones were married Sept. 25, 1938, in Nubbin Hill. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, the loves of her life. She also enjoyed making quilts, crocheting, embroidering, flowers and birds. Mrs. Jones is survived by her children, Lynn Jones and his wife, Judy, of Theodosia, Vonda McDaniel and Connie Jones and his wife, Ethel, all of Thornfield and Carla Hambelton and her husband, Martie, of Gainesville; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Faye Goodsell and Ruthie Ridgner, both of Protem; and special friends and caregivers, Korrie Dempsey and Fawnell Patterson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alton; her parents; and one sister, Ruby Denton of Rogers, Ark. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors. From the Ozark County Times, 18 Jan 2008: Funeral services for Meta Joyce (Whanger) Owen, 81, were held Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Adams Funeral Home in Nixa with Larry Owen officiating. Burial was in Ball Cemetery in Dora. Mrs. Owen died Jan. 2, 2008. She was born Aug. 5, 1926, in Mokane, the daughter of Walter and Marguerite Whanger. She and Archie Owen were married May 16, 1947, in St. Louis. The couple lived in St. Louis until moving to Billings in 1993. She enjoyed cooking and caring for her family, gardening and living on the farm. She had a deep faith in the Lord and was an inspiration to all who knew her. Mrs. Owen is survived by her husband, Archie; four children, Kerry Owen and his wife, Kathy, Linda Malmberg and her husband, Virgil, Becky Owen and Jackie Cunningham and her husband, Jeff; and two grandchildren, Brian Cunningham and Ben Cunningham. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Russell and Raymond. Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, directors. From the Ozark County Times, 18 Jan 2008: Graveside services with full military honors for Jim Trent, 73, of Brighton, were held Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Thornfield Cemetery, with Rev. Robert Roberts officiating. Mr. Trent died Jan. 5, 2008, at his home. He was born Nov. 6, 1934, in Pondfork, the son of Audie and Ocie Almeda “Medie” (Duckworth) Trent. He and Peggy Ann Robertson were married Jan. 1, 1956. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was foreman for the Sherman Thomas Ranch in California for many years. He enjoyed working on a farm. After he and his family returned to the Ozarks, he worked for Frank Lyons Co. He later retired and devoted his time to his family. Mr. Trent is survived by his wife, Peggy Ann; two sons, Randal James Trent and Nicholas Shane Trent; two daughters, Iris Ann Trent and Sarah Skopec; nine grandchildren, Brandi Satterfield, Caleb Skopec, Ryan Skopec, Seth Skopec, Kathryn Skopec, Kyle Skopec and Alexis Trent; one great-granddaughter, Allie Satterfield; two sisters, Ava Stehle and Verma Wolf; and many relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Paul, Roland, Vaughn and Frank; and two sisters, Naomi and Velma. Ava Family Funeral Home, Ava, directors. From the Ozark County Times, 18 Jan 2008: Funeral services for Orene T. Barron, 89, of Caulfield were held Saturday,Jan. 12, at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville. Burial was in the Fowler Chapel Cemetery in Caulfield. Mrs. Barron died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, at her home. She was born May 10, 1918, in Woodland, Miss., to Abe Thrasher and Zora (Ashby) Thrasher. She and Hollis Barron were married Nov. 30, 1934 in Chatfield, Ark. She was a homemaker most of her life. After moving from Dyer, Tenn., to Memphis, Orene and Hollis opened a cafe´, The Spur, where she did all the cooking and baking. In the 1960s, they moved to Hughes, Ark., where they lived by the lake, enjoying fishing trips on the lake and fish fries. They also enjoyed dancing at the VFW. In 1974, they moved to Caulfield, where they raised cattle and horses and attended horse shows. Orene became a member of the Am Vets Auxiliary and the Elks. She was very active and enjoyed Bingo, scratch-offs, 31, going to casinos and traveling. She devoted her life to taking care of her family and always welcomed family and friends into her home. She is survived by her sister, Becky Stidham, of Oxford, Miss., six grandchildren, Charles Watson Jr., Eddie Barron and wife Kathy, Ann Batesel and husband Danny and Deanna Edmonds, all of Caulfield, Rusty Watson and wife Diane and Kay Parrish and husband Buddy of Leesburg, Ga.; special nephew, Aaron Franks and wife Barbara, of Caulfield; 11 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Barron is preceded in death by her husband Hollis, son Leon Barron, daughter Mary Katherine Watson, granddaughter Tonya Lee Barron, four sisters, one brother and her parents. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors. From the Ozark County Times, 18 Jan 2008: Funeral services will be private for Irving “Bill” William Phillips, 84, of Gainesville. Mr. Phillips died Jan. 8, 2008, at the Hospice House in Mountain Home, Ark. He was born March 28, 1923, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Irving William and Zaida (Corwin) Phillips. He and Arzola “Zola” Chitwood were married July 29, 1942, in Madison, Wisc. He was a truck driver prior to his retirement. Mr. Phillips is survived by his wife, Zola; three daughters, Sharon Johnson of Mount Vernon, Lynn Marlene Eastling of Gainesville and Sarah Lee Phillips of Forsyth; three sons, William Irving Phillips and David Lawrence Phillips, both of Phoenix, Ariz., and Raymond Phillips of Watoma, Wis.; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Burton Phillips and Gene Phillips, both of Plainfield, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors. From the Ozark County Times, 18 Jan 2008: Funeral services for Dustin Michael Estes, 23, were Friday, Jan. 11, at Lilly Ridge General Baptist Church with Jim Kyle and Jeff Dotson officiating. Burial was in the Faye Cemetery. Dustin died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008. He was born June 29, 1984, in Springfield. He was a member of Lilly Ridge General Baptist Church, having been saved and baptized April 18, 1999. He had been an iron worker since he was 18, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and uncles. He loved the outdoors, the farm, raising cattle, working on farm equipment, hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends. He had a special close and loving friendship with his young brother Brandt. Dustin is survived by his parents, Trish and Mike Clay of Gainesville and Steve Kotlowski of Texas; one brother, Brandt of Gainesville; grandparents, Joyce Estes Dilbeck and Bill of Gepp, Ark. and Geraldine Clay of Granite City, Ill.; uncles, Ronnie Estes and wife Shirley of St. Louis, Don Estes and wife Sarah of Warrenton, Joey Estes and wife Jennifer of Gainesville, Wayne Kotlowski and wife Dawn of Midway, Ark., and Fred Clay of Granite City, Ill.; aunts, Robin Toliver and husband Johny of Cotter, Ark., Tonya Berry of Lakeview, Ark., Pam Geison of Granite City, Ill., and Becky Bergerson and husband Steve of Bryant, Ark., and numerous cousins and great-aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Joe Bill Estes, paternal grandparents, Romona and Robert Kotlowski; and his dog Shadow. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors. From the Ozark County Times, 18 Jan 2008: Funeral services for Paul Herd, 78, were Thursday, Jan. 10 at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville with Jim Kyle officiating. Burial was in Isabella Cemetery. Mr. Herd died Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, at his home in Gainesville. He was born Nov. 24, 1929, the son of Delmer and Geneva (Shaw) Herd. He and Jean Silvey were married March 3, 1956. She preceded him in death in 1999. On May 10, 2002, he married Janice Perryman at Harrison, Ark. Mr. Herd graduated from Gainesville High School in 1947 and than attended Southwest Missouri State in Springfield for one year. In 1948, he began teaching all eight grades in a ne-room schoolhouse at Theodosia, where he taught for two years. He then taught at Pontiac for two years from 1950 to 1952. He returned to SMS in the summers, working toward his BS degree in education, while continuing to teach during the school year. In 1952, he was drafted by the Marines and served until 1954, teaching instrument flight training. In the fall of 1954, he returned to teaching at Pontiac until 1956. He received his BS in education from SMSU in 1957. In 1956, Mr. Herd moved to Gainesville High School and taught social studies and math there for 12 years. By attending summer schools, he received a masters degree from Drury University in 1967. In 1968, he accepted the position of Gainesville High School principal, a position he held until his retirement in 1980 after 30 years of teaching in Ozark County. Mr. Herd enjoyed working on his cattle ranch for more than 50 years. He also enjoyed reading, nature and square dancing, but most of all, spending time with family. He will be remembered as a hard-working, wise and caring man with a wonderful sense of humor and a special ability to encourage and inspire others. Mr. Herd is survived by his wife Janice; one daughter, Paula Rose and her husband, Randy, of Gainesville; two granddaughters, Tyne Brooke and Tali Britt Rose; one step-son, Michael Perryman and his wife Traci, of Mountain Home, Ark.; one step-daughter, Jaylene Sexton and her husband Dan of Conway, Ark.; three step-grandchildren, Makenzi, Hunter and Kyra Perryman; two brothers, Alva Herd and his wife Earlene of Rogersville and Ray Herd and his wife Trinia of Monett. Memorial contributions may be made to the Paul and Jean Herd Scholarship Fund at Century Bank of the Ozarks. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, directors. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Reuben L. Ballinger, 78, Bolivar, died Friday, Aug. 20, 1999, in Citizens Memorial Hospital. He was born March 9, 1921, in Bolivar to Reuben L. and Dorothy Marie Durham Ballinger. On Oct. 5, 1941, he was united in marriage to Eunice R. Herbert, and to this union three children were born. He was retired from the Lake City Ammunitions Plant in Kansas City, where he was the inventory control clerk. After leaving the Kansas City area, he operated the Bolivar Landing Bait Shop from 1983 to 1994. He was a member of the Bolivar Assembly of God Church. Survivors include his wife, Eunice, of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Peggy Ballinger of Lee's Summit and Jimmie and Jan Ballinger of Kansas City; a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Kay and Bill Shibley of Independence; a brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Ann Ballinger of St. Joseph; as well as six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Melvin Ballinger and Nelson Ballinger; and a sister, Maxine Ballinger. Services were Tuesday, Aug. 24, in Pitts Chapel with Pastor Mark Summers and Gene Kates officiating. Music was by Danny Hitchcock. Burial followed in Slagle Cemetery. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Louisa A. Bucklinger, 87, Bolivar, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, at Citizens Memorial Health Care Facility. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney J. Field, she was born at San Francisco, Calif., March 4, 1912. She was married to Floyd D. Bucklinger Feb. 16, 1957. A resident of Bolivar for the past 10 years, she was a former resident of the Humansville area. She was a homemaker, and for more than 25 years she was a sales auditor for Thrifty Drug Company, Los Angeles, Calif. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include her husband, Floyd, of the home, and a son, Bruce Bucklinger, Burke, Va. Services will be at 9:30 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Murray Chapel with the Rev. Wes Ummel officiating. Interment will be in Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leanvenworth, Kan. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Floreine H. Burns, 84, Lee's Summit, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1999, at the Lee's Summit Hospital. She was born March 24, 1915, in Flemington, the only child of Perc and Etta Chaney Hays. She graduated from Southwest Baptist College in the spring of about 1935 and taught in rural schools at Royal and Sunny Slope. She also taught at Flemington for three years. She had lived in Independence most of her life. She taught music for more than 40 years and had been a member of the Birchwood Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale C. Burns, in 1989. She is survived by several nephews and cousins. Services were Saturday, Aug. 14, at Speaks Suburban Chapel. Burial was in Mount Washington Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund at Birchwood Baptist Church, 3883 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Independence, MO. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Michael G. Cahill, 44, Bolivar, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at Balanced Care Center East, Springfield, following a long illness. He was born Dec. 7, 1954, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Thomas B. and Florence G. Konchell Cahill. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Survivors include his parents, Thomas B. and Florence Cahill of Bolivar; a brother, Patrick J. Cahill, and a niece, Shannon O. Cahill, both of the state of West Virginia; special friend Butch Hyde of Humansville; aunts and uncles Eleanor Carsten and family of Preston, Dolores Sivori of Cheshire, Conn., Johnny and Joanne Cahill of Kings Park, N.Y., Barbara Cahill of East Northport, N.Y., Al and Virginia Bourdon and family, state of California, Jack and Nancy Fitzsimmons and family of East Hurley, N.Y., and Cheryl Hennager and family and the Rev. and Mrs. T.R. Hoover, all of Bolivar. He was preceded in death by a special friend, Mitch Bryan. Funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Patrick Wissman as celebrant. Burial will follow the luncheon at about 1:30 p.m. in Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Pitts Chapel. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Edward W. Carpenter, 88, of Morrisville died 3:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, 1999, in Parkview Health Care Facility following a short illness. He was born July 4, 1911, in Springfield to Wilbur G. and Ivy E McCurdy Carpenter. He was united in marriage to Margaret V. Armstrong on Jan. 3, 1934, and to this union eight children were born. He was a retired dairy farmer and milk hauler and was a member of Morrisville United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Margaret, of the home; four sons and their spouses, Floyd and Fern Carpenter of Fair Grove, Jim Carpenter of Flemington, Jerry and Grace Carpenter of Morrisville and Rex and Pam Carpenter of Bolivar; two daughters and their spouses, Barbara and Frank Artz of Walnut Grove and Beverly and Grant Hagle of Springfield; two sisters, Myrtle Pittman of Springfield and Mary Lou Armstrong of Kimberling City; 19 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents; two brothers, Bob Carpenter and J.C. Carpenter; a son, Johnny Carpenter; a daughter, Linda Carpenter; and a grandson, Steve Carpenter. Services were Aug. 5 in Pitts Chapel with the Rev. Sylvia Ireland officiating. Burial was in Slagle Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons Joe Carpenter, Larry Artz, Doug Artz, Jimmy Carpenter, Bobby Carpenter and Sammy Carpenter. Memorial contributions may be made to the Morrisville United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Roy Cornell, 69, Bolivar, died at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1999, in Citizens Memorial Hospital. The youngest of 10 children, he was born May 14, 1930, in Aldrich, the son of Eli F. and Lillie J. McGinnis Cornell. On January 15, 1949, he married Marjorie Lee Moore, and to this union three sons, Robert, Joe and Albert, were born. This last January they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception at CMH. In 1951 Roy joined the Kansas City Fire Department, where he worked for 25 years. After retiring in 1976, he moved to Bolivar and joined the Morrisville Volunteer Department and remained there over 20 years. In 1979 he offered to drive a school bus for a couple of days while someone was out sick, and he drove the bus for 14 years. When he recently retired from the Morrisville Fire Department due to bad health, he was presented a plaque and his number of 301 was retired. The love of his life was the Morrisville Fire Department and those he worked with. Roy was an active retired member of Local No. 42, Fire Fighters Union in Kansas City, and Fire Fighters of Missouri, also the Retired Fire Fighters of Kansas City. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Bolivar. Roy loved people and enjoyed working for the benefit of other people through the Polk County Community Center, Lions Club, Grant Manor Senior Housing, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, 4-H, Little League Baseball as well as church youth groups. Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Eli and Lillie; four brothers, Fred, Clarence, Ralph, and Paul; and five sisters, Dorothy Bell, Alline Foster, Helen Deede, Mae Robinson and Irene Stull. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie Cornell, of the home; three sons, Robert and his wife Selma Cornell of Harrisonville, Joe Cornell of Blue Springs, and Al and his wife Teresa Cornell of Bolivar; six grandchildren, Tim and Kim Cornell of Warrensburg, Brian Cornell of Pleasant Hope, Tania and Fred Crawford of Wheatland, Jim Cornell of Harrisonville, Al Jr. and Kim Cornell of Bolivar and Katie Cornell of Lee's Summit; two great-grandchildren, Jorden and Gavin; and one aunt, Trilla McGinnis of Oxnard, Calif. Services were Friday, Aug. 13, in Butler Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Ummel and the Rev. Bill Maggi officiating. Music was provided by Becky Mitchell, soloist, and Mary Little, accompanist, including "Amazing Grace" and "In The Garden." Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemtery near Aldrich. Casketbearers were Charles Polodna, Aaron Beauchamp, Raymond Francka, Daniel Francka, Bill Otradovec and Jim Walker. Honorary casketbearers were Bernard Francka, Jake Francka, Herbert Redd, Roma Morris, Kenney Siler, Bob Manuel, David Agee and Bill Witt. Memorial contibutions may be made to CMH Hospice. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Hershel L. Daugherty, 82, Bolivar, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, in his home. He was baorn Dec. 22, 1916, in Lewis Station to William Robert and Rosa Della Daugherty. He grew up around Henry County, attending various grade schools and graduating from Leeton High School. When he was 18 he went to Sloat, Calif., to work in the timber. He served in the U.S. Navy from Dec. 31, 1943 to Jan. 18, 1946, and when he was discharged, he farmed for many years. In 1963 he went into law enforcement at Pleasant Hill and served as chief of police. He was with the sheriff's department at Harrisonville for 18 years and retired in 1977. After moving to Warsaw, he was with the Missouri Department of Conservation for nine years. He moved to Bolivar in 1993 and spent his days at the Polk County Senior Center playing cards and pool with his friends. He served as president and vice presedent at the Senior Center. He was a member of Southern Hills Baptist Church, was a DAV life member and had been post commander of the Lions Club in Pleasant Hill. He was on the board at the Rose Park Housing Association. Hershel always tried to make this world a better place, and he loved for people to laugh and be happy. He loved to fish with family and friends. He also had a great fondness for mules and horses. He had a beloved German shepherd, Duchess, for many years while he was in law enforcement. In 1936 he was married to Goldie McMillen, and to this union three children were born. On June 27, 1975, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Harms, and this added seven stepchildren. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, of the home; his daughter and her husband, Myrna J. and Dr. Gene Davidson of Russell, Kan.; two sons and their wives, Eugene and Linda Daugherty of Warsaw and Dan and Karen Daugherty of Pleasant Hill; seven stepchildren, Nancy Smith of Kansas City, Kan., Linda White of Apple Valley, Calif., Roger Harms and his wife, Cora, of Warsaw, Ronald J. Harms and his wife, Karin, of McKinney, Texas, Barry Harms of Wilmington, Del., Scott Harms of Nile, Mich., and Leslie Ann Pitts, state of Arkansas; his brothers and sisters, Lawrence Daugherty of Warrensburg, Calvin Daugherty of Oroville, Calif., Florence Sigler of Butler, Lorean Williams of Elverta, Calif., and Ethel Hazen of San Diego, Calif., as well as 26 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Onita Williams and Grace Ensley; a brother, Jimmy Daugherty; a son-in-law, Ray White; and two grandsons. A celebration of his life will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Polk County Senior Center. Memorial contributions may be made to the PoCounty Senior Center or the Citizens Memorial Hospice. Arrangements are under the direction of Pitts Chapel. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Thomas Benton "Ben" Dwyer, 85, Bolivar, died at 2:25 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, 1999, at Citizens Memorial Hospital. He was born Oct. 13, 1913, in Bolivar, the son of John Thomas and Effie Lenora Spitz Dwyer. Ben was a lifelong resident of Bolivar and Polk County and was a retired carpenter and cabinet maker, retiring in 1975. Ben loved the outdoors, he loved to hunt and fish, and he even made his own fishing flies and lures. Ben was an active member of the Over 50 Club and the Polk County Senior Center. He was a member of the Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church. He was united in marriage to Betty Khune on June 26, 1965. She preceded him in death on Jan. 28, 1989. Also preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers, Maynard Dwyer and Joseph Matthew Dwyer. Surviving are several cousins, including Jesse and Barbara Roberts of Bolivar, Scott and Cris Roberts of Springfield, Rick and Melody Roberts of Bolivar, Yvonne, Dacato and Dusty Roberts of Bolivar, Sandy and Lindsay Presley of Springfield, Linda Roberts of Bolivar and J.R. Kasparie and family of Galesburg, Ill., as well as many other relatives and friends. Services were Friday, Aug. 20, in Butler Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gineth Hudson officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. Casketbearers were Jesse Roberts, Gene Miller, Ray Chappell, Scott Roberts, Rick Roberts and J.R. Kasparie. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Velma Fern Garretson, 73, Tampico, Ill., died unexpectedly on Sunday, Aug. 8, 1999, at the home of her oldest niece, Sharon Hostetler of Half Way, where she was visiting. She was born July 9, 1926, near Pigeon, Mich., the daughter of Lewis and Clara Albrecht Garretson. She was a member of the Fairfield A.M. Church of Tampico, Ill. She is survived by 15 nieces and nephews and their families, along with many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Merle in 1945 and Joseph in 1997; one sister, Verneta Kempf, in 1958; and two infant brothers and one infant sister. Serivces were Thursday, Aug. 12, in the Fairfield A.M. Church, Tampico, Ill., with interment in the Fairfield A.M. Cemetery under the direction of the Johnson-Howard Funeral Home. Local arrangements were under the direction of the Cantlon Funeral Home of Buffalo. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Grace V. Godat was born Feb. 12, 1912, in Burwell, Neb., the youngest daughter of Eliza and C.E. Denny. She passed away at 8:35 p.m. Aug. 11, 1999, at Parkview Health Care Center at the age of 87 years, 5 months, and 29 days. In April 1944 she was united in marriage to Edward W. Godat, and to this union three children were born; Carolyn, Maureen and James. As a member of the First Baptist Church in Fair Play, she was baptized into Christ Oct. 22, 1981. During World War II she was empolyed by Curtis Wright Aircraft in St. Louis and Gulf Shipyards in Mobile, Ala. She was also a homemaker and restaurant cook. Until her illness she was an avid gardner and loved to fish. During her life she had traveled extensively, but spent the last 30 years in Missouri. She resided in Fair Play until her illness in 1992 caused her to move to Citizens Memorial Health Care Facility and later to Parkview Health Care Center. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward in 1958, her parents and four sisters. She raised her children by herself in the hardest of times. She will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her son Jim and his wife Peggy Godat of Fair Play; two daughters, Carolyn and her husband Loren Freeze of Walnut Grove and Maureen and her husband Raymond Bartlett of Arcola; eight grandchildren, Susie Allen of Kansas City, Bobby Samas of Walnut Grove, Patrick Taylor of Greenfield, James E. Taylor of Everton, Tracey Blankenship of Fair Play, Melanie Brown and Aaron Godat of Fair Play and Jason Freeze of Walnut grove; six great-grandchildren, Lisa and Natasha Allen of Kansas City, Mandi Taylor of Lockwood, Destiny and Harley Samas of Walnut Grove and Joshua Blankenship of Fair Play. Services were Saturday, August 14, at Butler Funerel Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Turner officiating. Casketbearers were Patrick Taylor, James E. Taylor, Bobby Samas, Raymond Bartlett and Jamie Blankenship. Alternates were Loren and Jason Freeze. Burial was in Akard Cemetery at Fair Play. The family of Grace V. Godat would like to thank everyone for the cards, calls, food, flowers and especially the prayers offered for us in this most difficult time. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Wallace Henry Grafing, 74, Weaubleau, died Wednesday, August 25, 1999, at Sac-Osage Hospital, Osceola. The son of Christian and Victoria Barron Grafing, he was born at Flandrew, S.D., Sept. 24, 1924. A resident of Weaubleu since 1994, he was a retired neon sign installer and World War II U.S. Army veteran. His parents and three brothers, Harvey, David and James Grafing, preceded him in death. Survivors include three children, Melanie Wilson of St. Louis, Wallace J. Grafing of Wheatland and Michael Grafing of Weaubleau; four granchildren, Cassandra and Daniel Grafing and Caleb and Samuel Wilson; seven brothers, Barron Grafing, state of Minnesota, Howard Grafing, state of California, Robert Grafing, state of Florida, John Grafing, state of Kansas, Christian Grafing, state of South Carolina, Richard Graffing, Flandrew, S.D., and Kenneth Grafing, state of Tennessee; and two sisters, Joyce Jurgens, Flandrew, S.D., and Betty Grafing, state of Michigan. No services are planned. Cremation was under the direction of Murray Funeral Home, Humansville. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Maxine Guinn, 77, Fair Play, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 1999, in Citizens Memorial Health Care Facility following a short illness. She wa born Oct. 4, 1921, one of 11 children of James Preston and Iva Della Brundege Bacon. She was united in marriage to Elmer Guinn on Aug. 26, 1939, and to this union four children were born. She had been the school secretary for Fair Play High School for many years. She was a member of Fair Play Baptist Church and the Woodlawn and Golden Age Clubs. She was a former member of the TLC Doll Club. Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Kay and Bruce Fisher of Independence, Sheryl and Bob McMasters of Springfield and Karen and John Hogan of Leawood, Kan.; a daughter-in-law, Jude Guinn-Miller of Half Way; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Arlie and Evelyn Bacon of Fair Grove, Garley and Lorene Bacon of Crane and James Darrell and Camellia Bacon of Springfield; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Freeda Glover of Half Way, Roberta Parscale of Tucson, Ariz., and Delores and Ralph Scroggins of Morrisville; seven grandchildren, Kevin Fisher of Independence, Lisa Wilson and her husband, Matt, ol Olathe, Kan., Leidra Stunkel and her husband, David, of Fair Play, Lori Graves and her husband, Russell, of Fair Play, Erin Guinn of Springfield, Kelly and Kathy McMasters of Olathe, Kan., and Lindsey Hogan of Leawood, Kan; as well as 13 great-granmdchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer, on July 14, 1986; a son, Larry Guinn, on May 29, 1993; and four sisters, Icle Roberts, Wanda Waggoner, Marceline Wilgus and Berbal Robison. Services will be at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Pitts Chapel with Bro. B.R. Tatom and Dr. Russell Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Slagle Cemetery. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Ernest John Smith, 84, of Aldrich died at 10:40 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, in Cox Medical Center South following a short illness. He was born Aug. 6, 1915, in Milo, Kan., to Fred and Anna Jaskie Smith. He was formerly of the Mt. Vernon area prior to moving to Aldrich seven years ago. He served in the Army Infantry during World War II and was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church near Hartville. He was a craftsman, farmer and carpenter. He was united in marriage to Eleanor Huffman on May 14, 1945, and to this union three children were born. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Eleanor, of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Danny and Debbie Smith of Rogersville and Dean and Freeda Smith of Aldrich; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Willard Hill of Mountain Grove; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Ann Smith of Wichita, Kan., and Lloyd and Evelyn Smith of Gerrard, Kan.; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Lee Shelley of Cabool; five grandchildren, Tim Hill of Everton, Tracey Hill of Mountain Grove, Paula Henderson of Fair Play, and Maggie Smith and Chase Smith of Rogersville; and two great-grandchildren, Trestyn and Tasha Hill of Mountain Grove. Services were Aug. 9 in Pitts Chapel with the Rev. Larry Shelley officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Pitts Chapel. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Mary Opal Jones, 89, Bolivar, died at 10:40 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999, in Citizens Memorial Hospital. She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Iva and Clovis "Jack" Murphy, Strafford; one daughter-in-law, Patricia Ann Jones, Wheatland; 12 grandchildren and their spouses, Linda and Charles Morris of Platte City, Jeffrey D. and Patty Jones of Little Rock, Ark., Gregory H. and Gloria Jones of Toledo, Ohio, Starlyn and John Stecz of Forsythe, Barbara and Robert Howell of Houston, Texas, Patricia Ann and Tom Metcalfe of Sugarland, Texas, Donna and Wayne Owensby of Buffalo, Jack Murphy of Springfield, Denice and Sam Short of Slidell, La., Tammy Elaine and Jeff Purvis of New Franklin, Dale and Libby Jones of Granville and James Stigers of Kansas City; as well as 32 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Loren; two sons, Dale R. Jones and Kenneth L. Jones; one granddaughter, Joyce Murphy; and one great-grandson, Robert Howell. Services were Monday, Aug. 23, at Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Orbert Dean Scrivener Jr., 52, Flemington, died Friday, Aug. 13, 1999, in Citizens Memorial Hospital following an apparent heart attack. He was born June 10, 1947, in Springfield to Orbert D. and Joanna Grace Renfrow Scrivener. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War and was of the Baptist faith. He was a member of the Lion's Club, VFW Post No. 8220 of Belton and the Missouri Jaycees. Survivors include his wife, Bea, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert Dean and Nicole Scrivener of Harrisonville, Ark.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sheri L. and Dennis Moore of Raymore and Talicia Ann and Kevin Johnston of Seattle, Wash; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Lana Scrivener of Wheatland, Glen and Denea Scrivener of Grandview, Paul and Pearl Scrivener of Bolivar and Jesse and Brenda Scrivener of Platt City; his parents, O.D. and Joanna Scrivener of Flemington; and his grandmother, Ica Scrivener of Bolivar, as well as four grandchildren. Services were Monday, Aug. 16, in Pitts Chapel with Pastor Steve Estep officiating. Burial followed in Payne Cemetery with honor guard detail from AmVets Post No. 114 of Flemington. Pallbearers were Glen Scrivener Sr., Jesse Scrivener, Pat Scrivener, Glen Scrivener Jr., Alex Fletcher, Dennis Moore, Bill Mayes and Earl Dowell. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: William Clifton "Bill" Long, 83, of Bolivar died at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999, in his home. He was born Oct. 31, 1915, in St. Joseph to Joseph Edward and Gertie North Long. He lived most of his life in Bolivar and worked as a brick layer. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Long is survived by seven daughters, Becky Mason, Bonnie King and Christina Long of Bolivar, and Nancy Lowe, Sue Wines, Shirley Long and Kay Jackson of Greenfield; six sons, William C. Long Jr. and Joseph E. Long of Bolivar, Clyde Long of Half Way, Jamie Long of Bolivar, George A. Long of Nixa and Larry L. Long of Houston, Texas; two stepdaughters, Rosemary Powell of Las Vegas, Nev., and Linda Goodman of Urbana; and three stepsons, Larry Wilkerson of Urbana, Harry Wilkerson of Bolivar and Ray Wilkerson of Wichita, Kan. Also Surviving are 46 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Graveside services were Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, in Lonesome Hill Cemetery near Lebanon, with the Rev. Pete Davidson officiating. Services were under direction of Butler Funeral Home. Military honors were provided by VFW Post 4107, Lebanon. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Lester C. McCollum, 82, El Dorado Springs, formerly of Bolivar, died Monday, Aug. 23, 1999, at the Community Nursing Home, El Dorado Springs. He was born June. 30, 1917, in Lathrop, the son of Grover Cleveland and Goldie Brookshire McCollum. On Sept. 25, 1945, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Wilkinson. He was a machinist for the McDonnell Douglas space program, traveling all over the United States. He was in the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II as a gunner's mate second class in the Sea Bees. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy, on May 12, 1993; and one sister, Ruby Cornstubble. He is survived by two daughters, Shirley Bugg of Stockton and Sharon Mealer of Dutzon; one brother, William McCollum of St. Charles; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at the Sheldon Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs, with burial at 4 p.m. in Greenwood Cemetery, Bolivar. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until service time on Thursday. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Robert Ray McDaniel, 80, Fullerton, Calif., formerly of Bolivar, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, in Fullerton, Calif. He had been vice president of Santa Fe Pacific Pipeline. Survivors include his wife, Lori McDaniel; a son, Barry McDaniel; and a daughter, J.R. McDaniel; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, at the First Presbyterian Church in Fullerton, Calif. Arrangements are under the direction of Memory Garden Mortuary, Fullerton, Calif. Memorial contributions may be made to the Polk County Library, P.O. Box 420, Bolivar MO 65613. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Wendall McShane, 69, Springfield, died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at his home. He was a retired farmer, and he enjoyed woodworking. He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Carolyn McShane; four children, Sandra Eppenger of Ventura, Calif., Patsy Sprowls of Humansville, Kenneth McShane of Strafford and Wendy Garver of Bolivar; five stepchildren, Steve Hunsaker of Marshfield, Susie Huneke of Underwood, Iowa, David Hunsaker of Ozark, Robin Creason of Springfield and Alan Duckworth of Willard; a sister, Carol Peters of Roseville, Calif.; his mother, Ella McShane of Humansville; 24 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one niece, numerous cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Neil McShane. Services were Thursday, Aug. 19, in Greenlawn Funeral Home North, Springfield. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Alvina Marie Morrow, 78, Bolivar, died at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, in Citizens Memorial Hospital. She was born May 15, 1921, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Arthur and Natgukda Renier Hohhof. She was a homemaker and a U.S. Navy Wave veteran of World War II. She was the widow of Johns Franklin Morrow, who preceded her in death on March 13, 1996. They had lived in the Kansas City area and Stockton area before moving to Bolivar in 1995. Private interment will be at a later date in the Crestview Memorial Gardens Cemetery east of Bolivar under the direction of Butler Funeral Home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Bobby Joe "Joe" Payne, 61, Bolivar, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1999, at St. John's Regional Health Care Facility in Springfield. He was born Jan. 21, 1938, in Half Way, the son of Richard and Rosie Cornelius Payne. On Aug. 29, 1959, he was united in marriage to Betty Ahart, and to this union four children were born: Joe, Kim, Missy and Sherry. During his life he was a drywaller and a farmer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Rosie Cornelius Payne; three brothers, Roy Payne, Curtis Payne and Stanley Payne; and one sister, Ella Lou Obert. He is survived by his wife, Betty Payne, of Bolivar; one son, Joe D. Payne and his wife, Judy, of Bolivar; three daughters, Kim Dalton and her husband, Danny, of Bolivar, Missy Wilson and her husband, Jimmy, of Morrisville, and Sherry Lockhart and her husband, Leallen, of Bolivar; three brothers, Ray Payne of Springfield, Dale Payne of Humansville and Sidney Payne of Bolivar; two sisters, Nina Thirion of Bolivar and Susie Walks of Minot, N.D.; his father- and mother-in- law, Bradford and Chestine Ahart of Bolivar; five grandchildren, Jessica Dalton, B.J. Payne, Daniel Dalton, Bryant Payne and Kaleb Lockhart; and one step-grandchild, Dennis Wilson, as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Graveside services were Saturday, Aug. 28, in the Payne Cemetery at Polk with Rev. Dennis Payton officiating. Casketbearers were Kenneth Payne, Larry Payne, Jamie Payne, Kelly Ahart, Jerry Ross and Gene Ahart. Services were under the direction of the Butler Funeral Home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Clara E. Payne, 93, Conroe, Texas, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, at Conroe Medical Center. She was born June 28, 1906, at Chalk Level to John Bartley and Eudora Langford Cooper. She lived in Humansville for 51 years until moving to Texas in April 1999. On June 3, 1927, she married W. Russel Payne, who preceded her in death Feb. 20, 1996. She worked with him part-time in the family furniture store from 1948 to 1970 and in their dry goods store from 1971 to 1975. She was a Sunday school teacher at the Humansville First Baptist Church for more than 20 years and was a member of the Study Club for 33 years, serving in many different capacities. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Arthur Cooper. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, John Maurice and Muriel Payne, Montgomery, Texas; two grandchildren, Barton Russel Payne and his wife, Lisa, of Conroe, Texas, and Dedra Payne Coffee and her husband, Mike, of Dallas, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Kyle Payne, Dane, Kara Averi and Cade Coffee; two step-grandchildren, Mike and Jon Young; a sister, Eudora Good, Topeka, Kan.; as well as several nieces and nephews. Services will be at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday), at First Baptist Church, Humansville, with the Rev. Martin Micke officiating. Pallbearers will be Bruce DeForrest, Robert Brown, Bob Payne, Rex Lorence, Eddie Ben Gordon and Roy Austin. Interment will be in Humansville Cemetery under the direction of Murray Funeral Home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Ruby Mae Pearson, 72, Vacaville, Calif., died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, in her home after a short illness. She was born Oct. 30, 1926, in New Hope, Pa., and had resided in Vacaville, Calif., for the past four years. She had been a school bus driver for the El Dorado Unified School District for 25 years. Survivors include her daughters, Patricia Vines of Bolivar, Becky Fiske and Vicki Lane, both of Fallon, Nev., and Sandra Adams of Vacaville, Calif.; two brothers, Robert Hess of Loomis, Calif., and Harry Hess, state of Georgia; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, in May 1998. No services are planned; private inurnment will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Nadeau Family Funeral Home, Vacaville, Calif. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Perry Gene Pitts, 59, Porterville, Calif., died Sunday, Aug. 22, 1999, in Porterville, Calif. The son of Clester and Fae Pitts, he was born Dec. 19, 1939, in Pittsburg. He was raised in Pittsburg, and after graduating from Hermitage High School, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves. At an early age Gene found that he was gifted with the knowledge of radios. That knowledge launched a career in broadcasting, beginning with Bolivar's first radio station, KBLR. Then moving to Springfield, Gene became the chief engineer of KWTO, then KTTS and KGBX. During his time with KTTS and KGBX he also worked for Assembly of God Broadcasting. Later Gene moved to California, working for the government in broadcasting for the Voice of America. Gene enjoyed flying, and his Pittsburg neighbors will remember his air strip on the farm. As a ham radio operator he talked world-wide. Gene's greatest love was for his children and grandchildren. Gene is survived by his wife, Linda Pitts, of Portersville, Calif.; two sons, Phillip Gene Pitts, address unknown, and Jeffrey Thomas Pitts of Bakersfield, Calif.; two daughters, Jennifer Louise Redman of Dunnegan and Julie Ann Weaver and her husband, Mark, of Porterville, Calif.; five grandchildren, Faith Breanna Weaver, Rayce Allen Weaver, Jacob Blaine Redman, Jordon James Redman and Morgan Elizabeth Ragain. Also surviving are his lifelong friends Mike Husmann, Gary Harrison and Skip Bryan. As he begins his new life in heaven, WAORWR signs off to his family and friends. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 27, in Antioch Cemetery near Pittsburg with the Rev. Joe Rouse officiating. Casketbearers will be Mike Husmann, Stephen Butler, Gary Harrison, Kenny Shuler, Skip Bryan, Gene Turner Mike Moore and Carl Turner. Arrangements are under the direction of Butler Funeral Home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: John Lee Russell, 41, Bolivar, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born Oct. 8, 1957, in Washington to James A. and Wilma P. Sanders Russell. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Jamie and Jason Vines; his father, James A. Russell; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Dan and Jeanie Russell, Bill and Brenda Wolf and Mike Russell; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Patsy and Jimmy Gilden, Mary and Randy Long and Debbie Russell; two grandchildren and 11 nieces and nephews, all of Bolivar. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathy, on Nov. 15, 1994, and his mother, Wilma, on Dec. 2, 1998. Services were Tuesday, Aug. 31, in Pitts Chapel with the Rev. Norman Culbertson officiating. Music was provided by Norman and Jewel Culbertson. Burial followed in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Junior Netherton, Greg Cooper, Frank Sullivan, Bob Stafford, Kenneth Tindle and Nick Brooks. Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Joseph W. Ruzicka, 70, Willard, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, in his home following a long illness. He was born May 14, 1929, in Bolivar to Charles and Frances Hruska Ruzicka. On Sept. 5, 1959, he was united in marriage with Geraldine Netzer, and to this union five children were born. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Springfield. He was Past Grand Knight of Council No. 698, Knights of Columbus, and also a member of the fourth degree. He was employed for 36 years with Kraft Foods, during which time he also operated Joe's Greenhouse and Poultry with his family. Survivors include his wife, Geraldine, of the home; two sons, Randy Charles Ruzicka and Francis Xavier Ruzicka, of the home; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Jeanette Louise and J.T. Hale of Mountain Grove, Lillian Ann Ruzicka of the home and Elaine and Jim Farrar of Springfield; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Anthony "Tony" and Mildred Ruzicka of Brighton and Paul and Pauline Ruzicka of Thornton, Colo.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Cecilia and Ivan Francka of Brighton and Lillie and Clarence "Bud" Grider of Bolivar; four grandchildren, Trevor Joseph Hale, Nicole Alexandria Hale, Curtis Dean Hale and Thomas Jacob Farrar; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Aug. 17, in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Springfield, with Monsignor Thomas Reidy as celebrant. Burial was in St. Wenceslaus Cemetery south of Bolivar. Arrangements were under the direction of Pitts Chapel. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Clifford E. St. Pierre, 76, of ???? died at 5:24 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999, at St. John's Regional Health Center in Springfield. He was born March 20, 1923 in Detroit, Mich., the son of Adolph and Thelma St. Pierre. As a young man Clifford worked as an autobody repairman and later turned his interest to underground tunnel construction. During this bout as a powderman he worked in Detroit, Baltimore, Connecticut, New York and Canada. During the war he left his career as a powderman to work in the shipyards, then returned to his choosen path in Baltimore, Niagra Falls and then in Turkey. In 1953 he accepted a job in Alaska on the Eklutna Power Project. Then after working for a period of time in the Jonesville Coal Mines, he pulled out of construction for two years to haul mobile homes from Montana to Anchorage, Alaska, he then returned to construction. During his distinguised explosvies career he worked at many remote site including; Aleutian Islands, White Alice Defense Missle Systems, and the Trans Alaska Pipeline. He always claimed Alaska as his home where he love hunting and fishing. After retiring in 1980 he moved to Missouri as a hobby farmer, where he enjoyed raising cattle, ducks, geese,and his two german shepards. He is survived by his son William J. St. Pierre of Eagle River, Alaska; two sisters, Gladys Porter and Barbara Cecil of Foster, Okla. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the Pioneers of Alaska. Memorial Services were Saturday, August 7, 1999 in the Butler Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Pete Davidson Officiating. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Charles R. "Short" Staten, 72, Hermitage, died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at his home. He had owned and operated Lightfoot Plumbing and Electrical at Hermitage for about 30 years and had previously worked for the Missouri Highway Department for 20 years. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. Survivors inclued his wife, Dorothy June Staten, of the home; one daughter, Brenda Kay Jowers of Pittsburg; one sister, Lora Jean Duncan of Wheatland; and two grandchildren, Sarah and Nathaniel Jowers of Pittsburg. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at Hathaway-Peterman Funeral Home Chapel, Wheatland, with the Rev. Jeremy Hostettler and the Rev. Kent Parson officiating. Burial will follow in Antioch Cemetery, Pittsburg. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Hermitage or to Citizens Memorial Hospital Hospice. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Rexford Stewart, 84, Springfield, died Saturday morning, Aug. 14, 1999, in Maranatha Village, Springfield. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Erma Lee Medley Stewart; three sons, one daughter, one stepson and two stepdaughters. Services will be Thursday, Aug. 19. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Dorothy W. Thames, 80, Bolivar, died Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, in Parkview Health Care Facility following a short illness. She was born March 25, 1919, in Big Heart, Okla., to Chloe Elizabeth Sparks. She worked as a receptionist for a steel manufacturing company in Kansas City for many years. She was of the Catholic faith and a life member of the V.F.W. No. 9638 Auxiliary in Galmey. She is survived by her husband, James, of the home; five daughters, Kathleen Todd of Grandview, Ruth Jones of Osceola, Wilma Belew of Clinton, Ethelene Hoover of Higginsville and Mary Young of Deepwater; a sister, Betty Johnston of Reno, Nev.; as well as 24 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Kenneth Wise; and two daughters, Wanda Lackey and Donna Beebee. Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Pitts Chapel. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Ralph Emerson Tinsley, 85, Bolivar, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999, at Citizens Memorial Health Care Facility. The son of Charles Cleveland and Florence Ella Wilson Tinsley, he was born Dec. 11, 1913, near Elkton. On March 30, 1935, he was united in marriage to Zerma Parrott, and to this union two children were born: a daughter, Marilyn JoAnn, and a son, Deryl Ralph. Zerma passed away on March 8, 1971. Ralph was then united in marriage to Wanda Cooper on Oct. 28, 1972. Ralph was saved at an early age and was a member of the Salem Missionary Baptist Church, where he attended faithfully until his health no longer permitted. Living on a farm near Flemington and later on a farm near Bolivar, Ralph spent the early part of his life farming. In 1962, Ralph and Zerma moved to Kansas City, where Ralph was employed by the Kansas City public school maintenance department. After his retirement in 1976, Ralph and Wanda moved to Weaubleau and later to their present home in Bolivar. His retirement years were spent doing some of what he loved most: gardening, yardwork, fishing and visiting with his friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Florence; his wife, Zerma; a stepmother, Lola Tinsley; three brothers, Louis, Leonard and Lawrence Tinsley; and a sister, Martha MacLaughlin. Ralph is survived by his wife, Wanda Tinsley, a daughter, Marilyn Griffin and her husband, Ray, and a son, Deryl Tinsley and his wife, Judy, all of Bolivar; two granddaughters, Julie Tinsley of Lake Ozark and Aimee Tinsley of Springfield; tow sisters, Mary Pursley of Kansas City and Elsie Cramblet of Lamar, Colo.; three stepsons, Curtis Cooper and his wife, Mary, of Mountain Home, Ark., Ronnie Cooper and his wife, Glenda, and Larry Cooper and his wife, Janie, all of Bolivar; eight stepgrandchildren and 10 step-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Lero Frazier and Lois Wilson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Ralph will be sadly missed by his wife, family and friends. He is now at rest. Services were Saturday, Aug. 21, in Butler Funeral Home with Elder Ron Erven officiating. Casketbearers were Richard Brown, Charles Brown, Wayne Tinsely, Larry Cooper, Ronnie Cooper and Bobby Tipton. Burial was in Salem Cemetery near Cliquot. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Irl G. "Bud" Tremain Jr. was born on June 18, 1925, in St. Louis, the son of prominent St. Louis physician and surgeon Dr. Irl G. Tremain Sr. and Lucy Culling Tremain. After a four-month battle with cancer, he passed away on Aug. 26, 1999, at the age of 74 years, two months and eight days. Bud attended primary and secondary schools in St. Louis, and upon graduation from high school he entered the U.S. Navy pre-med training probram, but elected not to finish the program. Bud held numerous jobs before electing to return to college at Kansas State College in Pittsburg, where he obtained his undergraduate degree in biology in June 1965 at the age of 38. He continued his education at Kansas State College, and in August1968 he obtained his masters of science degree in psychology. Following his graduation from Kansas State College, Bud taught at Coffeyville Community College and later was a counselor at Norton State Hospital in Norton, Kan. In 1975 Bud moved to Polk County, where his mother had retired after the death of Dr. Tremain. For more than 20 years Bud had been a full-time investor who learned much of his skill from his mother, who was actively managing her investments until one month prior to her death at the age of 92 on Dec. 11, 1991. Bud quietly supported many charities and created scholarships at Coffeyville Community College, Pittsburg State University, Southwest Baptist University and through the Medical Excellence Fund of the Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation. To Bud's first marriage six children were born; Kerry Tremain, Russ Tremain, Richard Tremain, Roy Tremain, Diane Tremain Tobin and Lucy Tremain Johnson. After moving to Polk County, Bud met and on July 11, 1987, married Juanita Hubbell Robertson, who remained his faithful and loving companion until his death. Bud was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Juanita Tremain, of Morrisville; four sons, Kerry Tremain and his wife, Barbara, of Berkeley, Calif., Russ Tremain and his wife, Sandra, of Richmond, Calif., Richard Tremain and his wife, Carla, of Pittsburg, Kan., and Roy Tremain and his wife, Almus, of Chicago, Ill.; two daughters, Diane Tremain Tobin and her husband, Joe, of Pittsburg, Kan., and Lucy Tremain Johnson and her hsuband, Don, of Chesterfield; two grandchildren, Adriane and Tamara Lee, and two great-grandchildren, Austin and Andrew Fain. Services were Sunday, Aug. 29, at Butler Funeral Home Chapel. Kerry Douglas was the service leader, with remarks by Kerry Tremain, Dana Peterson and Dr. Carl Huser. Musical selections were "Always," "The Old Rugged Cross" and a bagpipe solo of "Amazing Grace," played by Ron Maupin. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. Casketbearers were Richard Tremain, Russ Tremain, Kerry Tremain, Roy Tremain, Don Johnson and Joe Tobin. Memorial contributiuons may be made to CMH Hospice in care of Butler Funeral Home, P.O. Box 11, Bolivar MO 65613. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Jennifer J. Vandenburg, 16, Bolivar, died Sunday, Aug. 9, near Ash Grove as the result of an automobile accident. She was a longtime resident of Bolivar and had been a student at Bolivar High School. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Blenda and Kevin Lewis of Bolivar; father and stepmother, Randall and Cheryl Vandenburg of Hinton, Okla; a brother, Justin Vandenburg, Hinton, Okla; a stepsister, Christy Reaves, Kemp, Texas; two aunts and an uncle, Sandy and Ted Criss of Bolivar and Deana Roberston of Sunset, Utah; an uncle, Will Wilson, state of Idaho; grandparents Ed and Marie Newland of Bolivar, George and Carol Wilson of St. George, Utah, and Jean Wilson of Clearfield, Utah; great-grandmothers Ernestine Neil of Bolivar and Martha Gordon of Freeport, Ill; and her special friend, Victory Thomas, Ash Grove. She was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph, in 1997, a grandfather and a great-grandfather. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with Bishop Dale Sargent and the Rev. Lon Killingsworth officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be held this evening (Wednesday) from 7 to 8 p.m. in Pitts Funeral Home. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Hallie Alpha "Dixie" Wheeler, 81, Columbia, formerly of Bolivar, died at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, in the Boone Hospital Center, Columbia. She was born Sept. 25, 1917, in Thayer, the twin daughter of James Powell and Ada Bond Powell. She was born 15 minutes before her twin sister, Hazel Alma 'Tommy' Humphreys. She was united in marriage to Joseph E. Wheeler on Oct. 17, 1943, and they had celebrated 51 years of marriage before Joe's death in January 1994. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Bernice 'Bill' Clark. She received her bachelor's degree in education from Southwest Missouri State College and taught for 35 years in area schools, including many years at North Ward School in Bolivar, before retiring from the Bolivar Public School system. She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Bolivar, including many years of service teaching six-year-old Sunday school children. Surviving are her two daughters, Marilyn Jo Zumwalt and her husband, Robert, of Columbia and Pamela Gail Cansler and her husband, Ron, of Joplin; also her four grandchildren, Robert Joseph Zumwalt, Molly Elizabeth Cansler, Gabriel Wheeler Cansler and Adam Lee Cansler. Also surviving are her twin sister, Hazel A. 'Tommy' Humphreys, of Thayer; two nieces, two nephews, and her brother-in-law, as well as a host of other relatives and many friends. Services were Tuesday, Aug. 31, 1999, in the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Ray Leininger officiating. Music was provided by George and Susan Baker. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery. Casketbearers were Dean Esther, Jim Faulkner, Bo Russell, Pat McGowan, Jesse Pursley and Johnny Cansler. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Bolivar. From the Bolivar Herald-Free Press, August 1999: Tamara Wilson, 30, Mt. Vernon, died at 8:05 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, 1999, at the Mt. Vernon Place Care Center. She was born March 20, 1969, in Shreveport, La. She was of the Catholic faith. Survivors include her mother, Pamela Steffen, San Antonio, Texas; her father, Lloyd W. Wilson, Arnold; a brother, Jeffery Wilson, and a sister, April Wilson, both of San Antonio, Texas; and her maternal grandparents, Bruce and Rita Fries, Bolivar. Services will be at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Mt. Vernon Place Care Center with Father John Braun officiating. The body has been cremated under the direction of Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home, Mt. Vernon. Roy L. Garner, 67 of Springfield was born on August 13, 1946 to Leon and Nyanzia (Welsh) Garner. He passed away on April 4, 2014. He trained and showed roadster ponies, loved to fish, the lake, and being outdoors. He enjoyed watching his grandkids play sports and sing. He was an exceptional husband, father and grandfather. Roy is survived by his loving wife, Dee; children, Marti (Chris) Jones, Melissa Garner, Michelle Garner (Chris), Diane Ross (Mike) and Kevin (Laura) Ross; grandchildren, Amanda, Rebekah, Cristin, Emilee, Damian, Shae, Treston, Alishika, Ryan, Sara, Haley, Braden and Jaycee; his mother, Nyanzia Garner; sister, Brenda (Jim) Lawmaster; brother-in-laws, Bobby Dyson and Terry Sexton and a host of family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Leon and a sister, Barbara. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 10:00 till 11:00 am at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2852 S Dayton Ave, Springfield, MO with a memorial service to follow at 11:00 am under the direction of Klingner-Cope Family Funeral Home at White Chapel. Inurnment will be in White Chapel Memorial Gardens at a later date. 9 Apr 1925 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) The little two month old son, Alfred Lloyd Pitts, son of Earl Pitts and wife died Monday after more than a weeks suffering. He was buried at the Baptist church. Rev. Huckaby preached the funeral. There was a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends at this and also the Reser burial. We extend our sympathy to both bereaved parties. Dakota Ray Vest (August 9, 1998 - September 7, 2015) Dakota Ray Vest, 17, of Humansville, Missouri passed away Monday, September 7, 2015. He was one of 5 children born to Larry Ray Vest and Helena Raelee Solis in Osceola, Missouri. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, September 12, 2015 at the Humansville High School. Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM Friday at Murray Funeral Home in Humansville. Memorials are suggested to the family c/o Murray Funeral Home; 109 E Buffalo St;, Humansville, MO 65674. Online condolences may be submitted at Viola Gertrude Edwards (January 27, 1922 - September 11, 2015) Viola Gertrude Edwards, 93, of Bolivar passed away Friday, September 11, 2015 at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar. She was one of 3 children born to Jesse Monroe and Viola May Rector. Viola led an adventuresome life. As a young child her parents took her by covered wagon to homestead near Gunnison, Colorado. Her family then moved to the Wakita area of Oklahoma where her grandparents had participated in the Oklahoma Territory land rush of 1889. The family eventually settled near Collins, MO where Viola graduated from high school as a member of the Class of 1939. Upon graduating, Viola took a train to Montana where she worked on a cattle ranch. Subsequently, she traveled on to Oregon where she briefly resided and worked in the logging industry before making her way back to Kansas City where she worked during WW II in the wartime factories. Working on the precision assembly of bomb sights, she was mentioned in a historical book as being included as one of the storied Rosie’s Riveters. She married William Edwards on December 3, 1945 and made their home in the Kansas City area where they raised their family. Her first husband William passed away December 30, 2003 in San Diego, CA. Viola worked as a cosmetologist, as a dental assistant, and as an LPN at various times in her life. She moved to Bolivar in the early 1970's and has lived there the past 40+ years. Viola enjoyed her flower gardens and loved all kinds of animals. She adopted many stray cats and even the neighbors’ peacock named George. Viola was preceded in death by her parents; husband William; brothers Jesse John Rector of Dublin, CA and Charles Ray Rector of Centre, AL. She is survived by sons William Monroe Edwards of Mason, Ohio and Daniel Ray Edwards of San Diego, California; grandson Jason William Edwards; granddaughters Sheridan Nicole Edwards and Louisa Claire Harper; great-grandchildren Colin Monroe Harper, Liam John Edwards and Grant Jason Edwards. Funeral services for Viola Gertrude Edwards will be Thursday, September 17th at 11 AM at the Murray Funeral Home in Humansville, MO followed by burial in the Robinson Cemetery west of Collins, MO. Services will be conducted by her nephew, Minister Alan Todd of the Timber Lake Christian Church in Moberly, MO. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Polk County Humane Society, P.O. Box 334, Bolivar, MO 65613. Online condolences may be submitted at Deva Louise Kirchner (June 21, 1932 - September 9, 2015) DEVA LOUISE (POE) KIRCHNER Deva Louise Kirchner departed this life at 2:46 am on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 as a resident of CMHCF in Bolivar, MO with her daughter, Christena, holding her hand. She died of natural causes after a gradual decline of health at the age of 83 yrs, 2 mos, and 19 days. Deva was born June 21, 1932 in the home of her maternal grandmother, Viola Thatch, in the south part of Wheatland, in Hickory County MO, to Jesse “Jess” Fay Poe and Jessie Katherine (Thatch) Poe. Her first home with her parents was on a farm that was about 1 ¼ miles west and ¾ mile south of Elkton MO. Deva attended grade school for 2 yrs at Shady Grove, a country school about 4 miles west of Elkton. Next, she attended Sunny Slope, a country school about 1 mile north of Flemington, where she graduated from the 8th grade. She attended Humansville High School for 3 yrs and then attended Weaubleau High School for 1 yr where she graduated from in 1952. Deva moved with her mother to San Bernardino CA in Dec 1952. Deva married Roy Stanley Kirchner, Jr. on April 7, 1954. They married in the Church of the Nazarene in San Bernardino. They first met when Deva was a freshman and Roy was a senior at Humansville High School. Roy had enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in July 1951. They had a military life together until Roy retired in August 1971. Some of their homes together during this time included Wiesbaden Germany, Le Vesinet France-near Paris, Washington D.C., San Bernardino, and Albuquerque NM. Deva and Roy met for 5 days at Ft DeRussy near Honolulu Hawaii during Roy's Vietnam year of '67-'68. They called this their 2nd honeymoon. After Roy's retirement, they lived a few months in Humansville with Roy's parents. On January 1, 1972, they moved to a home which they bought at 604 S Lillian Ave in Bolivar MO. Deva remained in this home until April 28, 2014. Roy had passed away there on April 10, 2014. They were blessed with 60 yrs & 3 days of marriage! Three children were born to their union: Christena, Angelena, and Roy III. Deva also had a son before her marriage to Roy. His name was Terry Lee Poe. Deva was a homemaker her entire life. She was a kind, sweet, loving wife and mother. She enjoyed being a member of the Polk County Genealogical Society, where she was an original member for over 20 yrs. She attended church with Roy at various churches in Bolivar. She lastly attended church with her 2 daughters at Rock Prairie Missionary Baptist. Deva was preceded in death by her husband, Roy; her daughter, Angelena Jean (Kirchner) Mollet Hirsch of Mexico MO; her son, Terry; her sister, Maxine; and her parents. Deva is survived by her daughter Christena Louise (Kirchner) Barber of Bolivar MO; her son Roy Stanley Kirchner, III of Clinton MO; her grandchildren: Atha (Barber) Schatz and husband Benjamen of KC MO, Nathan Barber and wife Misty of Ozark AL, Joshua Barber and wife Lauren of Olathe KS, Marissa Barber and companion David Hasler of Willard MO, Glen Mollet and Mike Mollet both of Rush Hill MO, and Jesse Hirsch of Mexico MO; her great-grandchildren: Emily Schatz of KC MO, Olivia Barber of Ozark AL, Owen Barber of Olathe KS, and Aiden Hasler of Willard MO (due Oct 8). Other survivors are her brother Ross Poe of Colorado Springs CO, and her sister Lois Jean Morris, address unknown. Visitation is from 7-9 pm on Saturday, September 19, 2015. Funeral is at 2 pm on Sunday, September 20, 2015. Both services are at Murray Funeral Home, Bolivar MO. Burial following in Greenwood Cemetery within Bolivar MO. Online condolences may be submitted at Margaret (Gove) Lipskoch of Boliver, Mo.,departed this life Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Citizens Memorial Healthcare Facility in Boliver. She had reached the age of 95 years, ten months, and 18 days. Margaret was born in Osage County, Mo., on November 8, 1917, to the late Mr. and Mrs. George and Caroline (Schultz) Gove. On May 24, 1939 in Hope, Mo., she married Harvey Lipskoch. She was a homemaker in her own home. She was a member of the Liberty Bible Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother, Kenneth Gove; Anna Schulte, Mary Hemeyer, Minnie Grannert, Selma Lipskoch, Velma Niewald, and one grandson, Kendall Schweer. She is survived by her children Verla Pringle and husband Teddy of Dadeville, Mo., Margaret Schweer and husband Kenneth of Boliver, Harvey K. and wife Susan of Hailey, Idaho, and Wanda Reynolds and husband John of Springfield, Mo.,13 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Gottenstroeter Funeral Home in Owensville with Rev. Andy Krebs and Brother Les Lipskoch officiating. Burial will be in the Giedinghagen Cemetery in Mt. Sterling. Visitation for 95 year old Margaret (Gove) Lipskoch will be at 10:00 AM, October 1. Jefferson City Post Tribune July 20 2006 Selma C Lipskoch, age 90, of Hope, Mo., died Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at Autumn Meadows Skilled Care Center, Linn, Mo., She was born March 26, 1916, in Hope, MO., the daughter of George and Caroline (Schuldt) Gove, both deceased. She was married November 8, 1938, in Hope, Mo., to William E Lipskoch, who preceded her in death December 12, 1995. A lifelong resident of Hope, Mo., Selma was a member of the Oklahoma Church of Christ. Survivors include; one son, William and his wife Rita Lipskoch of Jefferson City, Mo., Two sisters Velma Niewald of Hope, Mo., and Margaret Lipskoch of Mount Sterling, Mo.,; one brother, Kenneth Gove of Casper, Wyoming, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four sisters, and one brother. Visitation will be Thursday at the funeral home in Linn, MO., Funeral services will be Friday at the Oklahoma Church of Christ, Linn, Mo., and interment will follow in the church cemetery. Obituary Gayland A. Quick, age 58, of El Dorado Springs, MO, passed away February 24, 2011, at Moore-Few Nursing Home in Nevada, MO. He was born August 17, 1952, to Lester B. and Thelma (Hensley) Quick in Warrensburg, MO. Gayland had lived in El Dorado Springs for the last few years and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers: Darryel, Larry, Lawrence, Lloyd, Alfred and Densil. Survivors include eight brothers: Harold, Ralph, Basil, Rodney, Wendell, Gerald, Randy, and Gary; two sisters: Diane Crawford and Patricia Sutton; several nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. Obituary Joe Russel Renfro, age 86, of El Dorado Springs, passed away at Cedar County Memorial Hospital on Sunday morning, January 22, 2012, with his family at his side. Joe was born near Trumann, Arkansas, on December 24, 1925, to Tilman Grice Renfro and Emmer Lou (Forest) Renfro. Joe married Katherine (Koca) Renfro on August 10, 1949. Three children were born to this union. Joe and Katherine spent the first year of their marriage living in Colorado before returning to El Dorado Springs, where they spent the remainder of their married life. Joe was a hard-working man, working locally at the International Shoe Company, Mid-Am Dairy, and then at 3M in Nevada until his retirement. He was a loving husband and father who always made time to attend to his family’s needs. He loved playing golf, fishing, and reading books from the library as well as the Bible. Joe believed in the value of education and proudly attained his GED in 1983. He actively encouraged not only his children but many young people to attend college and attain their degrees. Joe was a quick wit and never met a stranger. Friends and relatives alike were targets for his teasing, and he enjoyed being teased right back as much or more. Joe was preceded in death by a son, Russel Joe; two sisters, Virgie West and Violet Jones; a brother, Claudy Renfro; and his parents. Survivors include his wife, Katherine, of El Dorado Springs; a daughter, Julie Windle and husband Linn of Branson, Missouri; a son, Kent Renfro and wife Kim of Nixa, Missouri; grandchildren Miranda Paladino, Russel Windle, Stuart Windle, Kennedy Renfro, Zachary Renfro, and Elle Renfro; great-grandchildren Ethan Paladino, Grace Paladino, Gabriella Paladino, Charli Windle, and Landon Windle; one brother-in-law Glen Koca; two sisters-in-law, Clara Koca and Ruth Koca; and scores of friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 28, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at Bland-Hackleman Chapel with Reverend Brent Bland officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the John D. Smith Library in El Dorado Springs. Arrangements are under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. Obituary Sandy Stutesman, age 67, of El Dorado Springs, MO, passed away March 28, 2013, at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas after a long twelve year battle with lung cancer. Sandy was born to Fred Bartley Cole and Cecil Faye Cutbirth on August 13, 1945, in Protem, Missouri. Sandy attended school at various locations, and ended up her high school years at Hermitage, Missouri. She married John William Stutesman on June 29, 1964, at Quincy, Missouri, at the home of Irvin Allen. To this union God gave them three children: Jerrome Dale Stutesman of Taberville, Missouri; Larry J.C. Stutesman and Terry Lynn Stutesman Austin both of El Dorado Springs, Missouri. John and Sandy started their married life in Kansas City, Missouri. They then moved to Blue Springs, Missouri. In the early 70's they moved to El Dorado Springs, Missouri, to be near the Stutesman family. Struggling together they had a dream to make a wonderful home for their children. John and Sandy purchased a farm on Sac River and they went on start the family business Stutesman Heating and Air. Sandy worked at various cattle auction companies and was known far and wide for excellent cooking. Her last job was with Smith’s Family Restaurant in Collins, Missouri. She retired from Smith’s due to her and her husband’s illness. Sandy faithfully stood by her husband’s side for years and took great care of him even through her illness. She was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Cecil Cole, her father-in-law Sonny Stutesman, three nephews and one niece, and various family and friends. Sandy is survived by her husband John; three children, Jerry Stutesman, Larry Stutesman and wife Stacie, Terry Austin and husband David; twelve grandchildren; three sisters; two brothers and their spouses; one sister-in-law and her spouse; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends. The family received friends Tuesday evening April 2, 2013, from 6p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. Services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in El Dorado Springs, Missouri, with Bro. Everett Smith and Rev. Brent Bland officiating. Burial followed in Love Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Codey Gabriel, Dayton Austin, Justin Shouse, Gary Wooten, Dennis Floyd, and Dennis Hallford. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Stutesman, Larry Stutesman, Hunter Austin, David Austin, Tyler Stutesman, Wyatt Dixon, Shane Watkins, Bob Smith, Doug Mays, Perry Lackey, and John Rienken. JOHN WILLIAM STUTESMAN Posted: Monday, December 28, 2015 4:22 pm Nov. 20, 1945-Dec. 22, 2015 Service: 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, El Dorado Springs First Baptist Church. Burial: Love Cemetery. Mr. Stutesman, 70, El Dorado Springs, died Tuesday, Dec. 22. He was born at Wheatland, the son of J.C. and Willadean Stutesman. He attended school and graduated from Weaubleau High School, and married Charldean “Sandy” Cole June 29, 1964. They were married 49 years before her passing in 2013. To their union three children were born. Except for a brief time living in Blue Springs, they spent the majority of their life on their farm in St. Clair County, where they raised their three children. He built a successful heating and air business from the ground up, all while farming, raising beef cattle and a family. He came to know the Lord and was baptized in 2013. Survivors include his mother, Willadean Stutesman of Weaubleau; a sister, Maretta Smith and husband Robert of El Dorado Springs; three children, Jerry Stutesman of Taberville, Larry Stutesman and wife Stacie of El Dorado Springs and Terry Austin and husband David of El Dorado Springs; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Charldean Stutesman; and his father, J.C. “Sonny” Stutesman. Funeral services were officiated by the Rev. Brent Bland and Bro. Everett Smith under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hunger Warriors (the backpack food program for underprivileged children in the El Dorado Springs community) and left at the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at Robert W. “Bob” Brown, age 93, of Humansville, Missouri, passed away at Big Spring Care Center, in Humansville, on Tuesday morning, December 22, 2015. Bob was born on June 7, 1922 to Arthur Eugene Brown, and Emma (Conrad) Brown, in rural Ozark Country, Missouri. He married Anna June Hughes on October 2, 1943. Together they had four children. He spent many years as a Shelter Insurance agent, and most of his life he was also a hobby farmer. He loved to take care of his cows and continued to care for them as long as he was able. Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Emma; brothers, Ross Eugene Brown, Todd Brown, Kenneth Brown, and Alton Brown; and a sister, Pearl Morrison. Survivors include his children, James Robert Brown, and wife, Bonnie, of Harrisonville, Missouri, Barbara Ann Hensley, of Bolivar, Sandra Kay Routh, and husband, Jimmy, of Humansville, and Mary Lynne Jones, and husband, Paul, of Grain Valley, Missouri; grandchildren, Bobby Brown, Steve Hensley, and wife, Leah, Scott Hensley, Kelly Routh, Jamie Routh, and wife, Julie, Angie Routh, and fiancé, Marco Denis, and Travis Routh, and wife, Summer; thirteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Arthur Herald Brown Jr.; and many other family members and friends. A visitation will be held on Monday, December 28, 2015, from 10:00 – 11:00 am, at the First Baptist Church, in Humansville. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am on Monday, December 28, 2015, at the First Baptist Church, in Humansville, with Pastor Joe Coppage officiating. Burial will follow the funeral, at the Humansville Cemetery, with Bob’s grandsons, Bobby Brown, Steve Hensley, Scott Hensley, Jamie Routh, and Travis Routh, as well a great-grandson, Austin Hensley, serving as casket bearers. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Humansville, P.O. Box 163, Humansville, MO 65674 Floyd Austin Springfield News-Leader, POLK COUNTY DROWNING VICTIM FOUND NEAR BRIDGE A man drowned late Saturday or early Sunday after his pickup truck was swept off a low-water bridge. The Missouri Water Patrol identified the victim, as Floyd Austin, 55, of Kansas City. The incident occurred at the Huckaby Bridge on the Lindley Arm of Pomme de Terre Lake. Sgt. Dan Bracker of the Missouri Highway patrol said Austin and two other people were crossing the bridge about 9:30 p.m. Saturday when the truck stalled in high water. Austin and one person stayed with the truck while a third person went for help. When that person returned about 1 a.m. Sunday, the truck had been swept away and Austin was missing, Bracker said. The water patrol recovered Austin's body at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, about 200 yards north of the bridge. The other two people were not injured. Obit- Springfield (Mo.) Leader-Press, 9 Nov. 1972, GLENN ALLEN Funeral services for Glenn Allen , 58, of 2203 South Missouri, will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the Wheatland Baptist Church with the Rev. J. L. Wright officiating. Burial will be in Butcher Cemetery, near Weaubleau, under direction of Hathaway of Wheatland. Mr. Allen, a former resident of Weaubleau, died at 2 a.m. Wednesday in his home following a short illness. He was a veteran of World War II. Surviving are three sons, Ronald, of Springfield, Paul of Osceola, and Randall, of Springfield, his mother, Mrs. Ada Allen, of Weaubleau; two brothers, The Rev. Irwin Allen of Weaubleau, and Jay of Quincy, Ill.; and a sister, Mrs. Fern Hemphill, of Weaubleau. Friends may visit at the Hathaway Chapel at Wheatland from 7:30-9 p.m. today. Another Pioneer Gone Lewis Wyatt died at this home in Mission township, five miles east of Lenexa on March 15th, at 4:34 p. m. His illness and death was caused by a fall from a wagon five days previous. Mr. Wyatt was born July 23d, 1814, in Ash county, N. C., where he grew to manhood and married Esther Williams, both joining the Baptist church soon afterwards. In the fall of 1853 he removed to Jackson county, Mo., and from there to Johnson county, Kansas in 1857, and both Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt join the M. E. church, South, in 1859. Mrs. Wyatt died in 1862, which left Mr. Wyatt with a family of nine children to care and provide for. He was married to Mrs. Harriet Buttram in 1863. Father Wyatt was a good citizen, very temperate in all his habits, and indulgent husband, a kind father, a good neighbor and a true Christian. His family have often heard him speak of being ready and willing obey the Master's call. All of his children were with him during his illness. The funeral services were conducted by Rev., R. S. Finley at his home on March 17th, at 2 o'clock p. m., after which the remains were interred in the Linwood cemetery. He leaves an aged wife, two brothers, four sons and a daughter, besides numerous other relatives and friends to mourn his loss. A Friend Transcribed by Linda K. Lewis, Jan, 2015. Source: Olathe Mirror, Olathe, KS, Thurs. 23 Mar 1893, pg. 2. Mr. J. P. Brandon and aged and respected citizen of Melvern, Osage, county, formerly of this county, being one of the early settlers, died on Thursday at the former place and was buried Friday in Linwood cemetery. Transcribed by Linda K. Lewis, Jan, 2015. Source: Olathe Mirror, Olathe, KS, Thurs. 16 Jul 1891, pg. 3. Springfield Leader-Press, Saturday, 20 Nov. 1965, Page-3, CALVIN LEE FISHER WHEATLAND- Funeral services for Calvin Lee Fisher, 85, of Pittsburg, who died Thursday afternoon in a Humansville rest home, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Nemo Baptist Church with the Rev. J. L. Wright officiating. Burial will be in Nemo Cemetery under direction of Hathaway of Wheatland. Mr. Fisher, a retired farmer, is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Stewart, Kansas City, two sons, Clayton, Edwards, Mo., and Ervin, Urbana; and two sisters, Mrs. Ellen Morgan, Preston, and Mrs. Stella Nelson, Elkton. Mrs. Leoba Bauer dies in Hospital Mrs. Leoba Marie Bauer, 46, of Freeburg, died Sunday at a Jefferson City Hospital. Mrs. Bauer was born Oct. 10, 1923, in Osage County, the daughter of Henry and Barbara Memgwasser Luecke. She was married to Alphonse Bauer, March 8, 1943. He Survives. Other survivors include: One son, Michael Bauer, of the home; two daughters, Miss Barbara Bauer and Miss Mildred Bauer, both of the home; four brothers, Joe Luecke and Herman Luecke, both of Freeburg. Leo Luecke, Belle, Ben Luecke, Florissant; three sisters, Mrs. Louise Sickman, St. Louis, Mrs. Theresa Raiston and Mrs. Silva Calaliao, both of Jennings. In Daily Capital News (Jefferson City, MO) February 10, 1970 Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Holey Family Catholic Church, Freeburg. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) 10 Sep 1914 Thurs. Obituary William Thomas Pitts, the subject of this sketch was born near Pittsburg, Hickory county, Missouri, in the year 1866 and died July 23, 1914, aged 48 years and 6 months. He was married to Miss Melvina Luttrell in 1892. To this union were born 8 children, two of whom died in infancy. Those living are Artie Pitts and Mrs. Ed Heath, twins, Joe, Sylvia, Addie and little four year old Bennie. He had been ailing all spring, but was up and able to work a little. On the day of his death he went to take his horse to the pasture. He didn't return at the expected time but the family supposed he had gone to a neighbors house and were not anxious about him. Later in the afternoon he was found under a tree where he had been sitting. He was buried at the Antioch cemetery July 24. He was a kind husband and father and will be greatly missed by his family. [poem]. A friend 2 Mar 1898 The Hermitage Gazette (Hermitage, MO) William Alexander W. L. Pitts and family were called to Green Twp, Friday by the death of Mrs. Pitts' father, William Alexander. The deceased was a highly respected citizen, and his loss will be greatly lamented by many friends and relatives. The remains were interred Sunday, in the Pittsburg cemetery. The Index (Hermitage, MO) Thu., Jun 8, 1899 Sarah Pitts Died - at her home 1 mile south of Pittsburg, Saturday June 3, of consumption, Mrs. Sarah Pitts, wife of George Pitts, and was buried at the Antioch cemetery Sunday. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Wisdom. We sympathize with the bereaved husband and other relatives. 8 Apr 1896 The Hermitage Gazette (Hermitage, MO) Coy Pitts The little baby of Fount. H. and Annie Pitts was buried at the Baptist cemetery April 2. We sympathize with the bereaved parents. 10 Jan 1946 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) Mrs. Melvina Pitts Mrs. Melvina Pitts, 72, widow of the late Thomas Pitts, died Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Cecil Coffey of Weaubleau. Mrs. Pitts was a former long-time resident of the Pittsburg community. Her funeral will be held at Antioch Christian church at 2 pm Saturday. Burial will be in cemetery near by E. H. Primm is the funeral director in charge. The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) 21 Oct 1886 Thurs. Death of Meekin Pitts The neighborhood is mourning over the death of Uncle Meekin Pitts. Everybody who knew him loved him, and we rejoice to know that he has gone to a better world than this. God knows best and he thought best to take him from among us - from this world of sorrow. He was born May 2, 1812 in Logan county, Kentucky, and died October 10, 1886. Meekin Pitts was married to Mary Ann Gaulding December 27, 1839, by "Squire East". At one time he represented Hickory county in the General Assembly of this State, which office he filled with honor. He had a kind word for everybody on all occasions; was a devoted Christian, always ready to do his part in religious exercises. Just two weeks before his death he delivered a very interesting speech at the Children's Day at the Pittsburg church. He lived only one week after he was taken sick. One week before his death he was at Pittsburg. No one thought in one short week he would be called from earth. He took a chill that night which lasted about two hours, but was up Monday and on Tuesday took his horses to the creek to water them. Tuesday night he became worse and died on the Sunday following. He leaves an aged wife, one son, two daughters, ten grandchildren and other relatives and a host of friends to mourn his death. We have lost him but what is our lass is his gain, for we know he has gained a crown with many bright stars in it. Before he died he said he knew death was near and reached up his hand and said he could see great pillars of stone. He wife asked him if he could see the golden streets and he said he could. His suffering was great until a few moments before he died. He was buried in the orchard under some plum trees on the old homestead. The time has come when we will have to say farewell. 31 Dec 1936 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) Mrs. Maggie Pitts passed away about 5:30 Sunday afternoon at her home north of town. She was sick only a few hours. Funeral planned Tuesday afternoon at Baptist church. Interment will be in nearby cemetery. Survived by husband, Andrew J. Pitts, a daughter Mrs. Alta Richards, a son Arcie Pitts, two step-sons William T. & John Pitts and two brothers, John S. and Thomas H. Kirkpatrick. -- 7 Jan 1937 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) Johnny Pitts of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, attended the funeral of his stepmother, Mrs. Maggie Pitts, also her brother Tommie Kirkpatrick of Gate, Okla. 19 Dec 1929 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) Lonnie Pitts Dead News came Tuesday of the death of Lonnie Pitts, a son of uncle Andrew Pitts, near Pittsburg. Friends will regret to learn of Lonnie's death as it was sudden or caused by pneumonia fever, of only a very few days duration. We have no dates and do not have the family record in our history. There are several of the Pitts families of that section members of the Hickory County Mutual Life Co. but Lonnie failed to join the society. -- 26 Dec 1929 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) Pittsburg by Mrs. Pearl Kincaid Ira Reser of Mashburn District, attended the funeral of Lonnie Pitts. Mr. and Mrs. John Pitts, of Arkansas, attended the funeral of his brother Lonnie. 24 Mar 1904 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) Mrs. Lola Pitts, wife of Curtis Pitts died at her home at this place on Wed., March 16, of consumption. Her remains were laid to rest Thursday following at Antioch cemetery after devotional exercises by Andro Fowler and Geo. P. Miller. She was about 21 years of age. She leaves a sister, several brothers and a devoted husband and [unreadable]. She was a member of the Christian church. [obit not complete] The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) 5 Dec 1946 Thu. Jasper C. Pitts Last rites for Jasper Creed Pitts, 78, who died Saturday at his home in Elkton, were held Tuesday afternoon. The funeral was at Elkton Christian Church with Rev. Ernest Jones Offficiating. Interment was in Lehman cemetery, under direction of Hathaway Funeral Home. Mr. Pitts was a lifelong resident of the county. His parents David Brooks Pitts and Martha A. Creed Pitts were among the early settlers of this county.He is survived by his wife, Mabel and one son Forest, of near Elkton and one sister, Mrs. Dullie McCracken of Humansville. 8 Dec 1910 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) Mrs. Jane Pitts, wife of Mat Pitts, died Monday morning at 3 o'clock. She has been sick for years, and was very old and feeble. We extend our sympathy to her husband and other relatives. She was laid to rest in the Antioch Cemetery Tuesday. -- 8 Dec 1910 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) Mrs. Jane Pitts, wife of Mat Pitts, died Monday at 2 am, of consumption. We have not learned where the interment will be. We sympathize with the bereaved family. -- 8 Dec 1910 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) We are sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Mat Pitts near Adonis in the south side of Green Township. She had been in poor health for a long time, and passed away Sunday night, Dec. the 4th. The relatives have our sympathy. 5 Apr 1934 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) Gerald Pitts, age 6 years, son of Mr. & Mrs. Roy Pitts of this place took sick Monday, March 26 and died Friday, March 30. Funeral services were held at Elkton Christian Church on Saturday. The little form was taken to Antioch and laid to rest. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved parents and relatives. -- 5 Apr 1934 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) Mrs. Clarence Miller and family received the sad news Friday of the death of little Gerald Pitts, small son of Roy Pitts and wife of near Elkton. We extend sympathy to the bereaved. 3 Nov 1904 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) Earnest Pitts, son of Mr. & Mrs. F. H. Pitts died on Sunday, Oct 23rd of lung trouble and was buried in the Baptist church cemetery. He was a young man of amiable qualities and the bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community. -- 3 Nov 1904 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) Obituary Died, at the home of his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Fount H. Pitts, 1 1/2 miles north west of Pittsburg, Mo., Earnest Roy Pitts, aged 20 years, 1 month and 10 days. On June 12th, while with relatives in Kansas City, he was taken suddenly ill with a severe attack of lung trouble. After some improvement he returned to his home on June 29th where in spite of all that medical aid and loving and tender care of friends and family could do he slowly faded away like a broken flower and died on Oct 24th. His remains were tenderly laid to rest in the cemetery at the Baptist church after funeral services by G. P. Miller amid the tears of a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends. He was a favorite among his young friends and was loved and respected by old and young. Shortly before he died he says "Listen, listen". No doubt he heard his Savior calling him. [poems] 28 Nov 1963 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) D. L. Pitts Rites At Pittsburg Douglas L. Pitts, 80, retired farmer of Pittsburg community, died in a Springfield hospital late Monday after a long illness.Mr. Pitts resided on a farm northeast of Pittsburg. He was a native resident of that community.Surviving are his wife, Mary E. (Macy); two daughters, Mrs. Lucy Breshears, Springfield, and Mrs. Bonnie Hulston, Pittsburg; two sons, Kenneth Pitts, Urbana, and Garrett Grisham, Pittsburg; three sisters, Mrs. Ethel Hooper, Pittsburg, Mrs. Dewey Turner, Ontario, Calif., and Mrs. Jennie Nelson, Highland, Calif.; Seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.Funeral services were held at 1 pm Wednesday in the Pittsburg Baptist Church with Rev. V. L. Stanley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery under direction of Vaughn Funeral Home of Urbana. 8 Jul 1920 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) Artie Pitts Killed By Lightning in Saline County Tuesday News came to relatives in this county yesterday by telegram announcing the death of Artie Pitts who was working on a farm near Malta Bend. We learn the young man met death by lightning, which many relatives and friends of this county are sad to learn. We understand his remains are being shipped home for burial near Pittsburg and they are expected today. -- 22 Jul 1920 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) The people of this neighborhood were made sad by the news of the death of Artie Pitts of north Missouri, who was killed by lightning Monday of last week. Artie was raised near Pittsburg and had many friends who were pained to hear of his untimely death. Interment was made in the Antioch cemetery Thursday afternoon beside his father, Tom Pitts. We extend sympathy to the bereft ones. == Military == 1 Dec 1904 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) Arthur Pitts, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fount H. Pitts, who has been in the U. S. Army in the Philippines received his discharge last month and is now visiting homefolks and friends in old Hickory. We welcome him home. == Obituary == 23 Aug 1945 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) Arthur L. Pitts, 62, died at Burge hospital in Springfield Monday at 6 p.m., following a paralytic stroke and severe heart attack suffered Aug. 13 at the home of a brother, Elmer T. Pitts of near Pittsburg. Relatives have been making frequent visits to Springfield to be with him during his illness. Arthur and wife have made their home in Chicago some twenty years. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Rowena Pitts of Chicago; a sister, Mrs. Pearl Kincaid, Pittsburg; and two brothers, Elmer T., and Leslie A. (Argus) of Villa Park, Ill. Funeral arrangements are incomplete but will be under direction of Hutcheson-Turpin of Bolivar. Arthur served with the Army in the Philippines during the Philippine insurrection in the early nineties. He is the son of the late Fount H. Pitts. Arthur has many relatives and friends who are made sad at his passing. -- 30 Aug 1945 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) Last rites for Arthur L. Pitts of Chicago were held Thursday afternoon at the Baptist church and nearby cemetery with Rev. Bybee officiating. A good sized crowd of relatives and friends were present including the following from a distance: the widow, Mrs. Rowena Pitts, Chicago; Argus Pitts, Villa Park, Ill.; Cpl. Leo Pitts, who will report to a camp at Ogden, Utah; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bierman, Shawnee, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bierman, Argentine, Kans.; Mrs. Etta Pitts and Bertie and Dean Richards, Saticoy, Calif. 15 Mar 1934 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) Arthur Pitts died at his home in Pittsburg last Thursday night. Mr. Pitts had been afflicted for several years. A further account of his death and burial will be found in Pittsburg items. -- 15 Mar 1934 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) Arthur Pitts who has been seriously sick for some days, died at his home in Pittsburg Thursday night. Mr. Pitts was the husband of our postmistress Mrs. Edith Pitts, and is also survived by a daughter Mrs. Erma Dorman and an infant grand son Richard W. Dorman and a sister Mrs. May Slate of Flemington and three brothers, Curtis, Perry and Everett Pitts of Pittsburg. Funeral services conducted by the Rev. Orville Hudgen was held at the Antioch church Friday afternoon and interment was in the cemetery there. A large crowd of relatives and friends were present to say their last sad farewells. -- 15 Mar 1934 The Index (Hermitage, Missouri) Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Barnes and son of Fordland attended the funeral Friday of his uncle Arthur Pitts. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Johnston and family of Independence, Mo., attended the Arthur Pitts funeral and visited at the Pitts home until Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Lark Slate and daughter Miss Margie Barnes and her sons Hobart and Eliva, and the latter's wife, attended the funeral of Mrs. Slate's brother Arthur Pitts Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Sig Reser of Klondike Hill Mr. and Mrs. Edward Reser, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Bigler of Sentinel, Mr. and Mrs. Loren Pitts of Adonis, attended the funeral of Arthur Pitts at Antioch Friday.
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